When designing your dream home, one of the most significant decisions you’ll make is choosing the right flooring. At Buffum Homes, we understand that every detail matters, and flooring is no exception. Two popular choices are carpet and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring. Each option has its own set of advantages and drawbacks, and we’re here to help you navigate through them to make the best choice for your new home.

Carpet: Cozy Comfort


  1. Warmth and Comfort: Carpet is known for its soft, plush feel underfoot. It provides warmth in colder months and a comfortable surface for children to play on.
  2. Sound Insulation: Carpet absorbs sound, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms, living rooms, and other areas where noise reduction is important.
  3. Variety of Styles: With a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, carpet can add a unique aesthetic to any room.


  1. Maintenance: Carpets can be challenging to keep clean, especially in high-traffic areas or homes with pets. Stains and dirt can easily become trapped in the fibers.
  2. Durability: Over time, carpets can wear down, particularly in busy areas. They might require more frequent replacement compared to other flooring options.
  3. Allergies: Carpets can trap dust, pollen, and other allergens, which can be problematic for those with allergies.

LVP Flooring: Stylish and Durable


  1. Durability: LVP is highly durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic, making it ideal for busy households and commercial spaces.
  2. Low Maintenance: LVP is easy to clean and maintain. It’s resistant to stains and water, making it a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
  3. Versatility: LVP comes in a variety of styles, mimicking the look of hardwood, stone, or tile. It can complement any design aesthetic, from modern to rustic.


  1. Feel: While LVP can look like natural wood or stone, it doesn’t have the same warmth or softness as carpet. It can feel harder underfoot.
  2. Cost: High-quality LVP can be more expensive than carpet, although it often balances out with its longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs.
  3. Environmental Impact: LVP is made from synthetic materials, which can have environmental implications. However, there are eco-friendly options available.

Making the Right Choice for Your Home

At Buffum Homes, we believe that your home should reflect your personal style and meet your practical needs. Whether you’re drawn to the cozy comfort of carpet or the sleek durability of LVP, we’re here to help you make the best decision for your lifestyle and budget.

Our experienced team will guide you through the selection process, offering expert advice and suggestions based on years of experience in custom home building. We understand that every family is unique, and we’re committed to bringing your vision to life.

Ready to start designing your dream home? Contact Buffum Homes today, and let us help you create a space that’s perfect for you. We’re here to build whatever fits your vision and support you every step of the way.

Image is from the Thompson plan.